Productions from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan will be staged
Michigan State University will start the new year with a whole lot of new theater.
From Jan. 4-8, MSU hosts the Region Three presentation of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, featuring productions from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Kalamazoo College, Carthage College, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, University of Michigan-Flint, Indiana State University, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and Miami University.
The Region Three shows will be:
“Everywhere You Look”by Jeffrey Nichols, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
“Alison Shields” by Joe Tracz, Kalamazoo College
“One Day in the Season of Rain” by Mohan Rakesh; new translation by Aparna Dharwadker and Vinay Dharwadker, Carthage College
“Almost, Maine” by John Cariani, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
“The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” by Stephen Adly Guirgis, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
“The Drowsy Chaperone,”book by Bob Martin & Don McKellar, music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison, University of Michigan-Flint
“Real Girls Can’t Win” by Merri Biechler, Indiana State University
“My Soldiers”by Richard Kalinoski, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
“Art” by Yasmina Reza, Miami University
Three “productions of note” will also be performed:
“Spooky Dog and the Teen-Age Gang Mysteries” by Eric Pliner and Amy Rhodes, Xavier University
“Unser Zuverlssiges Haus” by Kiri Palm, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
“Wait for It” by John Ray and Derek Dunavent, Sinclair Community College
The shows will be evaluated and scored by a national selection team made up of Debra Otte of Montclair State University, Thomas Mitchell of University of Illinois, and Bryan Willis of the Northwest Playwrights’ Alliance.Productions that win at the regional level may travel to Washington, D.C. to perform at the national festival, taking place April 18-23 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Guests at the KCACTF include Michigan native S. Epatha Merkerson (“Law and Order,” HBO’s “Lackawanna Blues”), actor and professor of theater Clarence Gilyard and Lauren Weedman (“The Daily Show,” HBO’s “Hung”). For more information on registration, visit http://www.kcactf3.org